The Songs you remember in a heartfelt, liberating musical journey. Hear this personal and profound musical portrait of the Catholic America of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. For multiple generations to enjoy together for years to come!
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SONGS AND STORIES
Recorded before a live audience at Chicago’s Chief O’Neill’s Pub. Michael, the oldest of six in the working class Irish/Italian neighborhoods of post WW-II New Jersey, and Jamie, a Baby Boomer from a huge artistic family in a small Illinois town – tell of life in parochial school. Hear stories from Michael, as the oldest of six in the working class Irish/Italian neighborhoods of post WW-II New Jersey; and from Jamie, as a Baby-Boomer, and middle kid in a huge artistic family, in a small Illinois town during the 60s and 70s.
Michael and Jamie in solos and duets:
- Bring Flowers of the Fairest
- Sr. Clarissa, Pagan Children
- Tantum Ergo
- When Blossoms Flowered Mid the Snow
- Mary’s Boychild
- She Would Sing the Kerry Dances
- Sure Has Grown
- I Fell Out of Love With Sin Today
- Holy City, Bells of St. Mary’s
- I Brought My Father With Me
- Song of Bernadette
- Vaya con Dios
Smith’s name is appended (as composer) to half-a-dozen songs. There’s the familiar and slyly worded “Sister Clarissa” and the more recent “Sure Has Grown,” while the rib-tickling “Pagan Children,” to which Jamie added some of the lyrics, is new. A composer in her own right, O’Reilly delivers “Transfiguration.” As for the other musical fare on offer, it ranges from the thirteenth century and St. Thomas Aquinas’ “Tantum Ergo” to the one just passed and “Bells Of St. Mary’s” (featured in the 1945 Crosby/Bergman movie) plus Jenny and Lennie’s “Song Of Bernadette.”
In terms of concept O’Reilly and Smith’s SONGS OF A CATHOLIC CHILDHOOD pursues the spirit of the latter’s classic reminiscence MICHAEL, MARGARET, PAT & KATE (1994). Essential.
–Published in the April 2012 Newsletter of Maverick
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